Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1044)

Robert Troy


1044. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the timeline for the completion and publication of the review of SME and entrepreneurship issues and policies here by the OECD and her Department. [34632/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The OECD Review of SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland is a comprehensive and extensive exercise, which has been ongoing since March 2018, and has involved broad and thorough consultation and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including across the business and SME community, academia, representative organisations, and Government Departments and agencies.

The process has also included strong political engagement at the highest level. As recently as Friday 12 July last, my Department hosted a significant SME and Entrepreneurship Strategy Conference, which was addressed by An Taoiseach, by myself, and by Minister Pat Breen. The conference, which also served as the launch event for Future Jobs Ireland Pillar 2 on SME Productivity, included a detailed presentation by the OECD on the emerging priority recommendations from the Review process. This has facilitated another welcome opportunity for stakeholders to engage with the OECD's work. In addition, my colleague, Minister Pat Breen, visited the OECD in April this year to engage with the Committee which is working on the progress of the Review.

I am very happy to say that this important project is now at an advanced stage, and that the Review will be completed this autumn. I anticipate that the OECD's Report, and the associated Roadmap (which will focus on the priority recommendations), will be published by November.